Course Description for Atlantic Slave Trade
Atlantic Slave Trade
This course will introduce students to the origins of the slave trade between Africa and the Americas. Specifically, we will examine the motivations that drove Africans and Europeans to create a system of slave sales and use in the New World. We will attempt to understand the people of early modern West and Central Africa on their own terms, explore western Europe and the aspirations and purposes behind the exploration of both Africa and the Americas, understand the processes and outcomes of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, and explore the development of multiple slave systems within the Americas.